Weekly Writer’s Roundup: 9.17.11

This is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of interesting news in the writing world, but it makes a nice start. Happy weekend, everybody!

  • For me, the hardest part of writing a story is figuring out how to start. If you struggle with beginnings, check out these five approaches to help you break the ice. (Fuel Your Writing)
  • The situation for writers in China is looking ever the more bleak. In July, dissident Chinese author Liao Liwu made headlines when he fled to Germany. You can read his poignant New York Times Op-Ed piece here.
  • Anyone going to be (or want to be) in New York this weekend? Check out the Brooklyn Book Festival! There’s an awesome lineup of authors and free events (though many require a ticket).
  • Check out this fascinating and frustrating article about two Young Adult Fiction writers who were met with resistance when they tried to introduce gay characters into their books. (Publisher’s Weekly)

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